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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense South African drama steeped in past violence.

Movie NR 2022 80 minutes
Two women, one middle-aged and White, the other young and Black, look into the distance.

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This is a tension-filled, almost gothic drama with some fine points, but also some problems that make it a bit of a mixed bag. Jewel is a compelling exploration of how different kinds of people are affected by tragedy, and how they try to deal with it, even many years later. There are some fine performances and some that just get the job done. Some of the storytelling is confusing, with scenes that are hard to understand or seem unnecessary, and the music chosen to create tension and drama is overused and overdone.

That said, mature teens who can handle the sex and violence will learn a lot about apartheid, the Sharpeville massacre, and how past tragedies continue to reverberate into the future. It's a good starting point for important conversations and may encourage further learning about South Africa.

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